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Enduring folk classic by Randy Sparks of the New Christy Minstrels – “TODAY” now available as a solo ukulele chord/melody arrangement and included in the HUGE 52 song CHORD/MELODY eBook ONE from Ukulele Mike Lynch (now reduced to just $20.00)

September 9, 2013

New Christy Minstrels

Enjoy the video performance and tutorial I made for this song on VIMEO

Source information derived from Wikipedia:
The New Christy Minstrels are an American folk music group founded by Randy Sparks in 1961. They recorded over 20 albums and had several hits, including “Green, Green”, “Saturday Night” and “Everybody Loves Saturday Night” (two different songs), “Today”, “Denver”, and “This Land Is Your Land”. Their 1962 debut album, Presenting The New Christy Minstrels won a Grammy Award and sat in the Billboard charts for two years. The group sold millions of records and were in demand at concerts and on television shows.They also launched the musical careers of several musicians, including Kenny Rogers, Larry Ramos, Gene Clark, Kim Carnes, and Barry McGuire.
Randy Sparks (b. 29 July 1933, Leavenworth, Kansas) is a musician, singer-songwriter and founder of The New Christy Minstrels and The Back Porch Majority. Sparks grew up in Oakland, California and attended the University of California at Berkeley. his first musical engagement was at the Purple Onion in San Francisco. In the late 1950s he had a solo career and released two albums on the Verve label, a self-titled album in 1958 and Walking the Low Road in 1959. The single, “Walkin’ The Low Road”, had previously reached the Cashbox magazine Top 60. In 1960 he formed a trio called “The Randy Sparks Three” and had an album by that same name. He wrote the song “Today” which was a hit for the New Christy Minstrels for their 1964 album of the same title for Columbia Records (CL 2159/CS 8959) and he wrote “Green, Green” with Barry McGuire for the 1963 album Ramblin (CL 2055/CS 8855).

Once again, it’s no surprise that I chose the Key of Fmajor for this Chord/Melody arrangement. The song is in 3/4 or waltz time. Accent the first beat of each measure and if it’s a chord then roll it in a harp like fashion. See the clip below

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In many chord/melody arrangements simply fingering the chord notated above the music usually sets the fingering for the left hand. Of course, this won’t work if the chord is played up the fingerboard in an upper inversion. We will cover chord inversions in another lesson and video tutorial later.

“TODAY” is included in the newly released 52 song CHORD/MELODY eBook from Ukulele Mike Lynch
It sells for just $20.00 and can be purchased by paying through the paypal donate button on the Ukulele Mike website: Once purchased it will be emailed to you within the day.

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Here is a YouTube video detailing the contents of the new 52 song CHORD/MELODY eBook

Note that I have a large collection of ukulele solo arrangements called SOLO UKULELE INSTRUMENTALS eBook 2013 enlarged edition. It also sells for just $20.00

See video below that explains the contents of the SOLO UKULELE INSTRUMENTALS eBook.

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The Chord/Melody eBooks can each be purchased separately for just $20.00 or as a combined whole for the new “TRILOGY” discount of just $50.00

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Announcing the release of the NEW Chord melody ebook FOUR  $25.95



All 4 of the Chord melody ebooks can be purchased at the combo QUARTET price of $70


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  1. December 3, 2015 2:54 p12

    Reblogged this on UKULELE MIKE LYNCH – All things UKULELE.

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